As winter approaches, Governor Kathy Hochul is encouraging New Yorkers to prepare for the colder months by efficiently managing their energy use. The governor’s announcement highlighted a range of state programs aimed at helping residents and businesses reduce their energy bills and increase comfort during the winter season. These programs, offered by various state agencies and authorities, focus on weatherizing homes and businesses and enhancing energy efficiency.
State assistance programs are designed to support families, especially those with low or moderate incomes, in coping with high energy consumption during winter. The Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP), which began accepting applications on November 1, provides financial aid to eligible homeowners and renters. The Energy Affordability Program and Low Income Bill Discount Program offer monthly bill discounts for income-eligible consumers. Additionally, community-based service programs and NYSERDA offer financial aid, counseling, and energy-saving tips to help New Yorkers prepare for winter.
New York officials, including Doreen M. Harris of NYSERDA and Robert J. Rodriguez, Secretary of State, emphasize the importance of adopting energy-efficient measures and utilizing available state services and products to reduce costs. The Department of Environmental Conservation advises homeowners to inspect their heating systems and consider cleaner energy sources. The emphasis is on ensuring that New York’s energy systems remain reliable and efficient during the winter months, aligning with the state’s commitment to a green economy and climate action.
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